Suspect dead after exchanging gunfi...

Suspect dead after exchanging gunfire with Hedwig Village police chaplain

A Hedwig Village Police Department officer, who is also a chaplain, shot and killed a suspect who allegedly fired several shots following a brief chase late Monday.
More than 70,000 pot plants found i...

More than 70,000 pot plants found in Polk County fields

Dozens of law enforcement officers and Polk County inmates were back at work Tuesday to clear out tens of thousands of marijauna plants from fields in the area. By late Tuesday morning, they had uprooted more than 70,000 pot plants.
Southeast Houston fire kills 6 hors...

Southeast Houston fire kills 6 horses, destroys barn

Firefighters responded to a fire that sent a plume of smoke into the skies above southeast Houston early Tuesday.
Houston Forecast: Scattered showers...

Houston Forecast: Scattered showers, storms Tuesday afternoon

It?ll be hot again on Tuesday, but there?s good news in the form of dropping temps and rain.
Those behind massive marijuana oper...

Those behind massive marijuana operation had a secret world in the woods

It's being called a record-breaking pot bust south of Livingston, and now we're learning more about the operation. Polk County deputies recovered 44,000 marijuana plants from a wooded area in Goodrich, Texas.
Wrong-way driver charged with intox...

Wrong-way driver charged with intoxication manslaughter in crash on Hardy Toll Road

A wrong-way driver has been charged with intoxication manslaughter after he caused a head-on crash that killed a woman Monday night, Harris County Sheriff?s Office deputies said.


Crusade over shoddy drug tests

Crusade over shoddy drug tests

Review one lawyer's fight vs. Harris County probation officials.

HPD officer shoots suspect in home...

HPD officer shoots suspect in home break-in

A Houston police officer shot a suspected home burglar who refused commands to show his hands and then pulled what the officer feared was a weapon, authorities said. Detectives launched an investigation into the officer-involved shooting, which occurred about 5 p.m. Tuesday in the 10409 block of Amblewood. Contreras, who has been with the force two years, told investigators the juvenile began to pull out what looked like a "shiny object."

New UT leadership

New UT leadership

In his magnificent commencement speech at the University of Texas at Austin in May, Navy Admiral William H. McRaven, a UT-Austin alumnus, shared with his audience the almost unimaginable rigors of Navy SEAL training. McRaven, a SEAL himself and now commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, told of being assigned to boat crews of seven students each, three on each side of a small rubber boat, with one coxswain to help guide the dinghy. McRaven is best known as the man who planned and directed the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, but he would seem to be superbly qualified for the task of guiding an academic institution, as well. With a bachelor's degree from UT-Austin and a master's degree from the Naval Postgraduate School, he brings to the job years of experience as an administrator of large organizations, and he seems to have a vision for higher education in America at a time when the paradigm is changing.
In Polk County, pot farm not a com...

In Polk County, pot farm not a complete surprise for neighbors

A deer hunter on Saturday came across the farm, which was outfitted with sophisticated irrigation systems and underground power generators. Patty Oakley, who owns and runs a general store down the road from Old Highway 35, said it made sense that someone would choose the isolated area as a hiding spot for an illegal marijuana operation. Bordelon said that while the farm was close to town, it is heavy with bushes and overgrowth and it would be relatively easy to hide a large, illegal operation. [...] he also said the woods are filled with wild hogs, coral snakes and water moccasins, making it dangerous.
Hedwig Village officer kills man i...

Hedwig Village officer kills man in shootout

A patrol officer tried to stop a car about 11:30 p.m. Monday when the driver made an illegal right turn in the 900 block of the Katy Freeway frontage road near Campbell, Police Chief David Gott said. The city of nearly a square mile doesn't see much violent crime, said Gott, who became the police chief in January 2013. The area's 2,557 residents report mostly larceny, with 175 cases listed in 2013, according to the police department's annual report for that year. The chief said officers draw their weapons "rarely," but they receive in-service training every year and extensive training through the police academy. The Hedwig Village Police Department is conducting an internal review of the shooting, along with the Houston Police Department and Harris County District Attorney's office, Gott said. The last time a police officer shot and killed someone was in 1997, according to Chronicle files.
Van de Putte: ?Under no circums...

Van de Putte: ?Under no circumstance will I be running for mayor of San Antonio?

AUSTIN ? Democrat Leticia Van de Putte wants to put rumors to rest: she has absolutely no intention of running for mayor of San Antonio come next year. Van de Putte, a long-time state senator from San Antonio, attempted again on Tuesday to put to bed...


J.C. Penney Swings To Loss

J.C. Penney Swings To Loss

J.C. Penney Co., under major pricing and merchandising changes, swung to a bigger-than-expected first-quarter loss and said Tuesday it no longer expects to meet its previous profit forecast for the year as it sees more restructuring charges.

3 of TX Supreme Court Face Re-elect...

3 of TX Supreme Court Face Re-election

Three members of the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court face re-election this year, but two will have to survive primary opponents who accuse the court of becoming too pro-business.

Researcher: Plant Remembers, Adapts

Researcher: Plant Remembers, Adapts

Researchers say they've shown that certain plants have smarts during dry times.

Perry: Tuition Freeze Sent Good Mes...

Perry: Tuition Freeze Sent Good Message

Gov. Rick Perry isn't saying whether he approves of the University of Texas at Austin president whose job was reported to be in jeopardy.

Rep. Puts Chief of Staff on Leave

Rep. Puts Chief of Staff on Leave

U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson has placed her longtime chief of staff on administrative leave.

Teen Pleads Guilty in Student's Dea...

Teen Pleads Guilty in Student's Death

A Central Texas teenager has pleaded guilty to murder in the 2011 Waco drive-by fatal shooting of another youth.


Twitter captures water main flood a...

Twitter captures water main flood at UCLA

After a massive water main break on Sunset Blvd, students and staff are flooded out of their classes.
Shelling of school kills 15 as Gaza...

Shelling of school kills 15 as Gaza war rages

Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school Wednesday sheltering Gazans displaced by fighting, killing 15 and wounding 90 after tearing through the walls of two classrooms, a spokesman for a U.N. aid agency and a health official said.
Parents of kidnapped Wisconsin baby...

Parents of kidnapped Wisconsin baby never suspected aunt

parents of a baby boy who was taken from a Wisconsin home and later found in sub-zero temperatures testified Tuesday they trusted the relative now accused of abducting him so much that they initially didn't suspect her.
Small cars don't fair well in vehic...

Small cars don't fair well in vehicle crash tests

The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests.
Starlin Castro fly in 16th shakes R...

Starlin Castro fly in 16th shakes Rockies, ends Cubs' longest game

Catcher John Baker scored the winning run in the bottom of the 16th inning after pitching a scoreless top half, and the Chicago Cubs overcame a three-run deficit to beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Tuesday night.
Digital Deal of the Day

Digital Deal of the Day

Each day, ABC-13 is bringing you an online deal that is too good to pass up!


Wanna cash in on oil? Here's a new ...

Wanna cash in on oil? Here's a new way to invest

Accredited investors have a new tool to invest in the oil and gas space, and it?s based right here in Houston. Energy Funders LLC is a crowdfunding platform specifically for accredited investors, or those who earned at least $200,000 in each of the past two years or have a net worth of at least $1 million. After going through the proper verifications, investors can check out and invest in various projects that are seeking funding. Started by three Houstonians with different backgrounds, Energy?
Houston sees high demand for IT job...

Houston sees high demand for IT jobs

Despite Houston's technology scene beginning to develop around a booming economy, the demand for information technology-skilled workers is a rapidly growing concern, according to a new study from advisory company CEB. The study looked at both the supply and demand of IT jobs for states and major metropolitan hubs around the country. Houston had 16,000 IT job openings last year, which represented around 20 percent of its total IT workforce, the study said. In comparison, rapidly growing IT hubs like?
In hurricane season, a red binder c...

In hurricane season, a red binder can reduce employee absenteeism

Even though the economy is on the rebound, most businesses still maintain minimum staff. After all, tough times are hard to forget. So when employees experience a hurricane or flood, businesses can lose valuable employees for weeks, because most employees are not prepared for disasters. They may evacuate without any identification or insurance information and return to residences that have been destroyed along with vital documents. Not having these documents can create delays in insurance claims?
Three Houston Kickstarter projects ...

Three Houston Kickstarter projects to watch

With crowdfunding becoming a popular way to raise quick and easy capital, and Texas considering enacting a crowdfunding exemption giving unaccredited investors the ability to invest in equity of a startup, I decided to take a look at some of Houston?s Kickstarter projects and see how they were doing. Kickstarter by and large is one of the more popular crowdfunding websites. You create a project with a financial goal, offer various rewards for donors and set a date by which you aim to reach the?
Counterpoint: Why tech startups nee...

Counterpoint: Why tech startups need public relations

On Tuesday, I wrote an article highlighting why public relations is a waste of money for technology startups. But there are always two sides to every story. I called a couple of Houston's big shots in the PR industry and got their take on why their trade is crucial for the growth of a tech startup. With all the noise surrounding the technology industry today, having a dedicated individual to get your name and message out there is crucial to a startup?s customer growth, said Allie Danziger,?
World Wide Wildcatters: New Texas c...

World Wide Wildcatters: New Texas crowdfunding platform will target oil

Those looking to raise money for an oil project may have to look no further than a new website. CrudeFunders LLC., a company operating out of both Houston and Dallas, is developing a platform that would potentially be the required intermediary service for companies looking to raise capital for projects and unaccredited investors trying to invest in the booming oil and gas industry. The website would operate similar to the popular crowdfunding services available today. After logging in and identifying?

Chron sports

Feldman goes seven strong in re...

Feldman goes seven strong in revenge game against A’s

Facing the A?s big trade acquisition for the second time in a week while trying to rebound from the Astros? worst loss of the year, Scott Feldman delivered what arguably was his best outing of the season considering the opposition while out-dueling Jeff Samardzija. Feldman had to settle for the no-decision after the A?s scored six runs in the ninth inning for the come-from-behind 7-4 victory before a crowd of 16,940 at Minute Maid Park, but he received plenty of praise after going seven innings for only the fourth time this season and just the second since April 11. Feldman held the team with the best record in baseball to [...]
Astros give up six runs in nint...

Astros give up six runs in ninth as division leading A’s steal win

Box score Chad Qualls stood in front of his locker and dissected his outing, giving the A?s full credit even though Oakland?s results were far more impressive than the actual at-bats. The veteran righthander has been the Astros? best reliever all year, solidifying a closer?s role that wasn?t actually addressed over the winter. Of the four free agent relievers signed in the off-season, he?s the only one who punched the clock regularly. Unfortunately for Qualls and the Astros, however, he couldn?t close out Scott Feldman?s gem Tuesday night as the A?s scored six runs in the ninth for a come-from-behind 7-4 victory. ?Any time you lose games in the eighth [...]
Raiders meet with San Antonio o...

Raiders meet with San Antonio officials about potential move

By Josh Baugh and Tom Orsborn ? San Antonio Express-News The owner of the Oakland Raiders and two of his top lieutenants met recently with several San Antonio officials to discuss a potential move of his NFL team from the Bay Area to the Alamo City, local leaders involved in the talks confirmed Tuesday. Over the July 18th weekend, Mark Davis met with former Mayor Henry Cisneros, then-Mayor Julián Castro, City Manager Sheryl Sculley, Mario Hernandez of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, and both Richard Perez and David McGee, respectively the president and chairman of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. Late Tuesday, after the San Antonio Express-News posted [...]
Levine & Co. looking to put UH's y...

Levine & Co. looking to put UH's youthful experience to good use

UH picked up six first-place votes in the preseason American Athletic Conference media poll and was selected third in the 11-team league behind Cincinnati and defending champion Central Florida. "For the last two years or so as head coach, I've used the word young quite often," Levine said. Since the end of last season, I really haven't used that word at all. Levine's program has depth and experience at seemingly every position, along with two players in quarterback John O'Korn and kick returner/receiver Demarcus Ayers who earned postseason recognition last year. Bryce Redman, a three-year starter at center, and Rowdy Harper, a four-year starter at guard, anchor UH's offensive line and pave the way for a backfield that returns its top six rushers.

Texans training camp report: Ol...

Texans training camp report: Old school tactics provide motivation to avoid mistakes

It may be an old-fashioned tactic, but coach Bill O?Brien is penalizing players for mental mistakes by making them immediately run a lap around the practice field, in full view of their teammates, the media and invited onlookers. Veteran left tackle Duane Brown, for one, thinks it?s an effective deterrent. Texans tackle Duane Brown speaks for himself and other teammates when he says they want to avoid mistakes during Bill O?Brien?s practices. (Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle) ?You don?t want to run that lap,? Brown said. ?It?s tiring enough going against our defense. (If) you have a mental mistake and a lack of focus, that lap reminds you that you [...]
Astros hope Carter’s rece...

Astros hope Carter’s recent power surge continues

Astros designated hitter Chris Carter, who is having the best month of his career, isn?t worried too much about possibly being traded. He?s been traded three times in his career already, and he knows better than to waste time on trade speculation. ?White Sox, Diamondbacks, A?s and now here,? he said. ?It?s nothing I really think about. It?s nothing new. That?s always been out of my control. So I just keep playing. Whatever happens, happens after that.? Heading into Tuesday?s action, Carter was tied for the American League lead in home runs in July with eight. His .707 slugging percentage was the best in the league, and his 1.076 OPS [...]
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